Malesela not bitter after Chippa departure


Former Chippa United coach Dan Malesela has revealed that his relationship with former employer Siviwe Mpengesi will always be ‘fine’ after the coach has been ditched by the Eastern Cape side for the fourth time in his career.

The events follow the Chilli Boys’ 5-1 drubbing at the hands of fellow strugglers Maritzburg United on Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium.

A very dejected Dance, as he is affectionately known told, Tru FM this morning that he is on his way to Johannesburg to be with his family after receiving the news yesterday.

“I was told by my agent that the team has decided to let me go and I’m going back to Joburg to be with my family. For now there is nothing in terms of next move, but I’ll see,” said Malesela.

Responding to his statement after he was fired in 2018 at Chippa United when he said he’d never go back there again, the coach was coy in his response.” Well, you will never be sure with this game but I’ve learnt my hard lessons and trying to prove a point does not help”.

The former TS Galaxy coach further revealed that there were limitations with the team which led to poor results and the fact that he did not have enough time to prepare the team for the season.

“Resources are limited at the club, in terms of playing personnel it’s very limited.  With injuries and stuff, you can only say you have everything when you’ve had pre-season with the club, but I never had pre-season, I never chose the players so it’s difficult to work with people you didn’t chose, so to be honest the club has a limited squad. So it’s not something like you can say I’ve had these players for some time and I failed you know, even for anyone who is coming to coach the team it is going to be very difficult to work with the squad,” continued Malesela.

However, the former United FC coach further revealed that his relationship with club owner Siviwe Mpengesi has always been fine. “No, our relationship has always been fine, but obviously when there is a slip it turns sour you see but it has always been fine,” concluded Malesela.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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